Category Archives: Charles McCrary

Religion Snapshots: How to Make Sense of ‘Religious’ Language, Part 1

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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“We’re here to talk about religion”: A Few Examples for Teaching Classification

by Charles McCrary This post’s titular sentence was spoken Friday morning by a student during first lecture of the semester. It was a protest, playful but betraying frustration. She was sitting in the front row of a packed classroom, spending … Continue reading

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This Class is Not About “Profoundly Religious Acts”: Pedagogy and Method for the New Year

by Charlie McCrary On New Year’s Eve 2013, The Atlantic ran an article entitled, “Why Getting Drunk and Making Resolutions on New Year’s Are Profoundly Religious Acts.” If you’re the sort of person who reads the Bulletin Blog, it’s likely that … Continue reading

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Religion Snapshots: Religion and/as Capitalism, Part 2

Religion Snapshots is a feature with the Bulletin for the Study of Religion blog, where a number of contributors are asked to briefly comment on popular news items or pressing theoretical issues in the field, especially those topics relating to definitions, classification … Continue reading

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ShaunTology, Part 4: Conclusion

by Charles McCrary This is the final instalment of ShaunTology. Click on these links to read parts 1, 2, and 3. If you’ve been reading this series (first of all, thanks), you probably have learned more about Shaun T than you cared to … Continue reading

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ShaunTology, Part 3: I have measured out my life with power jumps

by Charles McCrary Shaun T, probably the most popular fitness guru in the United States today, tells us a great deal about selfhood, agency, and the good in twenty-first-century America. The first two parts of this series (one and two) … Continue reading

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ShaunTology, Part 2: Shaun T and the American Self

by Charles McCrary In my first post in this series, I began a discussion of fitness instructor Shaun T, treating him as a lens through which to explore secularization theses, especially as he embodies an ethic of “human flourishing” at … Continue reading

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